Sunday, October 10, 2010

Blogging On The Porch & A Peek Inside

Visiting daughter Vicky and her family in New Jersey. They have a big front porch, which I love.
Give me a pot of tea, a book or my laptop and a beautiful day and you'll find me there.

Now, here's a peek at the living room.
 Before: colors
After: The walls painted blue and a little rearranging.
Before: Built in bookshelves. I liked these so much that Larry built some for our hallway in Florida.
After: The bookshelves were painted a very dark, almost black, green. They now make the room look so much richer. The ceiling was painted a creamy yellow.
I love how they turned out.
Floor to ceiling, filling the entire wall.
A gallery of family photos pop against a red wall in the entry hall.

All the bold colors from the exterior (see previous post) continue inside. Vicky's house is one block from 
her downtown area. It's an easy walk to the train station, restaurants, shops, movie theatre, and library. Everything is close by. 

Tomorrow we are taking the train into NYC. You're invited!



  1. Come on by and see me in the city Rita. Great job on the house. The bookcase looks amazing. Jane F.

  2. Love the new colors and I also really like the new painting over the fireplace. Beautiful home. Hugs, Marty

  3. What a beautiful home, the living room looks so warm and welcoming. Love the bookshelves!!
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Oh, my goodness! What a beautiful home! I love the bold colors and am coveting, big time, those gorgeous winged backs! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. Great colors and you have some fab. chairs!

  6. Hi there! Visiting from Between Naps on the Porch... I love the changes you've made in the room! Especially the bookshelf- a little paint makes such a difference!!

  7. How fun. I love a good porch too!
    I am also impressed with the change in the bookshelves with just alittle dark paint! Excellent job.
    Dee Dee

  8. I just love the dark book shelves! I would like some built in my library. These would be perfect!

  9. I love a wonderful porch, too. The changes in the living room are significant. The new book case color makes it a spectacular focal point. Thank you for sharing this lovely transformation. Cherry Kay

  10. I love how dramatic your shelving came out...but of course I'm real partial to black furniture ;) Have a great week, fondly, Roberta

  11. What a great space your daughter has. I can't wait to see your other posts about her home. And I agree, every blog needs a dog or three.

  12. What a warm and inviting room! The dark bookcases are great! This looks like such a comfortable room to hang out in!

  13. Oh my word. I love the way you use color in your rooms. Awesome! You gave the bookshelves just what they needed. I just became a new follower!

  14. I love your makeover!! The bookshelf is amazing and I love your red chairs!! :) My sister has a little yorkie named Mickey and my brother has one named Max- they are 'brothers from different mothers' and so cute! :)

  15. A very good transformation -- love the dark bookshelves especially -- there is nothing like a wall of bookshelves to make a house look like a home!

  16. such beautiful living room. looks so inviting and cozy too! thanks for sharing.

  17. What a beautiful room and the book shelves look great!

  18. Wonderful change, I love the drama of the bookcases.